We'd heard about Uttoxeter, and we'd heard mixed reviews... as we're getting a park here in Derby soon we went for a nosy to see what's working and what's not.
This is what we found.
Only the floor is concrete, the ramps are wood and metal
Instantly looks a little... dated
Standard MK style blocks
Driveway with rail... spine... yawn
Other view of spine and hubba
We love hubbas, but this feels like it could be Derby Storm
At least the edges are nice
Well this is a bit different, curved ledge
Surprise surprise, flatbar
BMXer to show the proportion
If I lived in Uttoxeter I'd be happy with it, as it's better than nothing. But I think for Derby's new park we need to fly the flag of innovation and stand out from the crowd of medium sized parks around us. We're a city bang in the middle of England and need to be a tour stop for all skaters everywhere. This park feels like it's 10 years out of date.
Good work to the people who put the work in to get this though, it's still a great achievemtnt and you can never please everyone.
Check it out though if you are in the hood.